Vox's The Weeds

Vox's The Weeds

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Everyone is always warning you not to get lost in the weeds. But not Vox’s Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias. They love the weeds.
Skinny repeal and Trump’s management by tweet
Jul 26 • 61 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about yet another Obamacare repeal plan, Trump’s feud with Jeff Sessions, and new research on retail health clinics.
A deep dive on basic income
Jul 21 • 55 min
Dylan Matthews joins Matt to discuss the three different version of universal basic income, and why only one of them is good.
At last, a Weeds about weed (also Obamacare)
Jul 19 • 64 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Democrats’ plans to improve Obamacare and new evidence that smoking pot makes you bad at math.Links!White paper: ‘High’ Achievers? Cannabis Access and Academic PerformanceEzra’s conversation with Dr. Nneka Jones…
McConnellCare II: Cruz Control
Jul 14 • 53 min
Matt and Sarah sit down with Dylan Scott to talk through all the nitty gritty details of the Senate’s latest health care plan.Links!Ezra debates the Senate health care bill with Avik RoyDylan Scott’s reporting leading up to this latest iteration of the…
Minimum wage research showdown (also Russia)
Jul 12 • 64 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt wonk out on the latest minimum wage research and Ted Cruz’s new health plan — plus some Russia stuff, too.White Paper: Minimum Wage Increases, Wages, and Low-Wage Employment: Evidence from Seattle
Understanding the opioid epidemic
Jul 7 • 47 min
Drug policy reporter German Lopez joins Matt for a close look at the biggest drug overdose crisis in American history.
Trumpism and travel bans
Jul 5 • 60 min
Dara Lind and Dylan Matthews join Ezra to talk about the updated travel ban, how Trumpism has translated into policy, and the impact that increasingly awesome video games have had on young men’s work habits.Links!White Paper: Leisure Luxuries and the…
Meanwhile, House Republicans are trying to write a budget
Jun 30 • 45 min
Jim Tankersley and Tara Golshan join Matt to talk about House Republicans’ struggles to write a budget resolution and get their tax reform agenda on track.
CB—Oh no this health care bill is terrible too
Jun 28 • 69 min
A new CBO score on the latest Obamacare repeal bill pushes Sarah to the breaking point!Links:Follow along as Matt, Ezra, and Sarah read through the CBO reportGraphs comparing silver insurance plan costs under different health care bills for different…
Senate Republicans’ health care idea: Make the poor pay more for less
Jun 23 • 63 min
The Senate health care bill is out — and Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are back in the studio to dive into the details of what it means for the marketplaces, Medicaid, and very rich people.
Georgia (and Obamacare repeal) on our minds
Jun 21 • 66 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Tuesday’s special elections and the soon-to-be-released Senate health care bill.
Trump’s “buck stops somewhere else” foreign policy
Jun 16 • 51 min
Foreign editors Yochi Dreazen and Jennifer Williams join Matt to talk about the diplomatic crisis in Qatar and the never-ending war in Afghanistan.
Legends of the secret health care bill
Jun 14 • 64 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt take the deepest look they can at Senate Republicans’ secret health care bill, plus a quick look at Jeff Sessions’s non-answers on Russia and new research on the long-term impact of lead exposure.Links!White paper of the week from…
Infrastructure week (jk it’s about Comey)
Jun 9 • 52 min
Dara Lind and Yochi Dreazen join Matt to talk about Comey’s testimony and the larger consequences of the Russia investigation.
Meet Sprinklecare
Jun 8 • 67 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about competing single-payer bills in Nevada and California, plus research on the value of access to the Obama White House.
Jared Kushner: International man of mystery
Jun 2 • 59 min
Dylan Matthews and politics reporter Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about the Paris Accords and the mysterious role of the First Son-in-Law.
A platinum get out of jail free card
May 31 • 57 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the real causes of mass incarceration, Trump’s move to roll back contraceptive coverage, and the mysterious world of high-end credit cards.Links!German Lopez’s piece about John Pfaff’s “Locked in” Mark A.R. Kleiman, Angela…
Weeds in the Wild: Tennessee’s Healthcare Bald Spot
May 29 • 19 min
Sarah Kliff travels to Tennessee to see what it looks like when Obamacare explodes.Links!Sarah’s piece about her trip to Tennessee More details about the Missouri bald spotAn interactive map of the counties most at risk of losing all their insurers Our…
CB—Oh, this bill stinks
May 26 • 53 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the new CBO score of Trumpcare and the results of this week’s special election in Montana.
Trump’s budget has landed, and it’s terrible
May 24 • 64 min
A tanned and rested Ezra joins Matt and Sarah to talk budget, auto-enrollment in health care, and some eye-popping research on zoning.Links:Sarah’s piece on auto-enrollmentJeff Stein’s piece on reactions to Paul Ryan’s agenda The wonderful Weeds Facebook…
All the Trump scandal drama you’ve been craving
May 19 • 48 min
Yochi Dreazen and Jennifer Williams join Matt to talk about the new Trump/Russia special counsel and the latest scandal swirling around Michael Flynn.
Trump chaos, UBI, and the fracking baby boom
May 17 • 76 min
Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt to talk about Trump’s latest problems, his reporting on basic income in Kenya, and new research on fracking’s impact on marriage and childbearing.
Weeds in the Wild: Free Money… For Everyone!
May 12 • 15 min
One of the world’s first universal basic income experiments is happening right now in a small Kenyan village. Dylan Matthews went there to investigate.Links!Dylan Matthew’s piece about his Kenya tripTwo economists make the case for and against an American…
The wall in our hearts
May 10 • 63 min
Vox’s Dara Lind joins Sarah and Matt to talk about James Comey’s firing, the border wall, and whether incomes have really been as stagnant as they seem.
AHCApocalypse III
May 5 • 58 min
Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to discuss the surprisingly swift passage of a revised and reanimated version of Paul Ryan’s repeal bill.
High-Risk Podcasting
May 3 • 59 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Congress’s big spending deal, Republicans’ newest Obamacare repeal idea, and research on what happens when abortion providers shut down.
AHCApocalypse II
Apr 28 • 59 min
Live at Vox Conversations, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the GOP’s doomed effort to reboot Obamacare repeal and the White House’s “new” tax reform “plan.”
French elections, national service, and Queens at war
Apr 26 • 68 min
Libby Nelson and Dylan Matthews join Matt to talk about the global nationalist tide, forcing integration across class and ethnic lines, and research on gender and foreign policy dynamics.
Weeds Live!
Apr 19 • 90 min
In front of their first-ever live audience, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Trump surprises, Singapore’s health care system, and the impact of longevity inequality on retirement programs.
Weeds in the Wild: Meet Joan, the Robotic Pelvis
Apr 14 • 23 min
Sarah and Byrd take a look at some policy experiments working to drive down teen pregnancy and abortion rates. They’re showing promising results — but they’re also under threat.
The World’s Worst Club
Apr 12 • 55 min
Sarah and Matt are joined by Dara Lind for a discussion of the United fiasco, Trump-era immigration enforcement, and pre-K’s surprising health benefits.
Bonus Episode: The United States Attacks Syria
Apr 7 • 30 min
The United States has just intentionally bombed a Syrian regime target for the first time since the country’s civil war began in 2011. Zack Beauchamp joins Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias to discuss how we got here, and the significance of chemical weapons,…
Nuclear Winter
Apr 5 • 57 min
Jim Tankersley joins Sarah and Matt to talk tax reform, senate procedure, and the most exciting Swedish administrative data yet.
A cheery discussion of global warming, Obamacare repeal, and death
Mar 31 • 72 min
Ezra, Sarah, and Matt pick apart Trump’s next executive order on climate, exhume the AHCA’s corpse, and read a white paper about death.
Weeds in the Wild: Postville
Mar 24 • 27 min
It was the biggest workplace immigration raid the U.S. had seen to date. 389 workers, almost all of them Hispanic, were detained at a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa on May 12, 2008.On this episode of Weeds in the Wild, we look at the effects…
Mad Dogs and Obamacare Repealers
Mar 21 • 80 min
Ezra and Matt are joined by Yochi Dreazen to talk about national security policy in the Trump era, the latest on ACA repeal, and research indicating the internet’s not to blame for political polarization.
CB-uh oh!
Mar 15 • 70 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Donald Trump’s taxes, the disastrous CBO score of the GOP health care bill, and a study on how Chinese imports reduce Americans’ marriage rates.
AHCApalooza
Mar 8 • 69 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss how to pronounce the big new Republican health law, plus analyze its content and the puzzling politics surrounding its introduction.
Don’t Call It a State of the Union
Mar 1 • 64 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to discuss Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of congress through the lens of actual policy.
Death Panel If You Do, Death Panel If You Don’t
Feb 22 • 75 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk fake news, town hall protests, and research on why your cell phone bill is so high.
Weeds in the Wild: Sarah Goes to Kentucky
Feb 17 • 14 min
In another episode of their new podcast, Sarah and Vox’s Liz Scheltens explore why Obamacare enrollees in Kentucky voted for Trump.
Privet, Amerika!
Feb 15 • 67 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the latest Russia-related scandal engulfing the Trump administration, the White House’s lack of progress on policy, and new research on how Medicaid expansion reduced the divorce rate.
The Time Traveling Emanuel Brothers
Feb 9 • 81 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about anti-Trump protests, cabinet confirmations, and health insurance age rating (exciting!)
SCOTUS, DBCFT, and Hitler’s Highways
Feb 1 • 72 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Neil Gorsuch, a controversial tax reform idea, and Nazi infrastructure building.
The Don’t-Call-It-A-Muslim-Ban
Jan 30 • 41 min
Dara Lind joins Ezra and Matt to discuss Donald Trump’s latest crackdown on immigrants and refugees.
Gag Order and Infrastructure
Jan 25 • 60 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about widely-misunderstood Trump administration efforts to shut up career civil servants, talk about infrastructure, and ask journalism’s most pressing question: What’s up with eggs?
Inauguration Special
Jan 20 • 43 min
Shortly after the inauguration ceremonies ended, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah gathered to analyze what it all means in the first Trump-era Weeds episode.
DeVos, Rigged Polls, and Quitting Bureaucrats
Jan 18 • 63 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are joined by Libby Nelson to discuss Trump’s not-so-great hires, not-so-great polls, and new research into how career staff act during presidential transitions.
Trump Cabinet, Obamacare Update, and Heroin
Jan 10 • 59 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the rush to hold hearings on Trump’s cabinet appointees, the sudden emergence of trouble in repeal paradise, and an effort to cut down on pill abuse that backfired massively.
Sarah and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare
Jan 6 • 73 min
Two weeks before he leaves office, President Obama sits down for a lengthy conversation about the lessons of the Affordable Care Act and the law’s uncertain future.
Happy New Year
Jan 4 • 50 min
Sarah and Matt offer predictions for 2017, and offer tax wonk tips about when to time your child’s birth.
Year-End Spectacular
Dec 28, 2016 • 62 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt each review one big thing they learned in a tumultuous year for policy and politics.
Kentucky, the Rust Belt, and the Big Picture on Trade
Dec 21, 2016 • 52 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about what Obamacare-using Trump voters are hoping for, which regions really need help, and a massive overview of the evidence on globalization and inequality.
Russia and the American Dream
Dec 14, 2016 • 57 min
Ezra and Matt discuss Russian hacking, Rex Tillerson, and inequality’s role in reducing social mobility.
Trump’s Surprisingly Ambitious Education Agenda
Dec 7, 2016 • 76 min
Matt is joined by Libby Nelson to discuss Donald Trump’s big plans for K-12 education and his massive financial conflicts of interest.
Assessing the Trump Cabinet — and Exploring How Recessions Affect Health
Nov 30, 2016 • 54 min
Sarah and Matt take a deep dive into what Trump’s cabinet picks say about how he will govern, with a particular focus on HHS Secretary-designate Tom Price. Also: an exciting white paper on recessions and health outcomes!
Conflicts of Interest, Trump and the Media, and Rethinking Teen Pregnancy
Nov 22, 2016 • 70 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the extraordinary possibility of corruption during the Trump administration, the president-elect’s unusual relationship with the media, and a new study debunking the old study about 16 and Pregnant.
Sneak peak: a new Vox podcast, about how policy effects real people
Nov 21, 2016 • 22 min
This is a pilot episode of a new show Sarah has been working on, looking at the real-life stakes of policymaking. The show’s name? That’s for you to help us decide.
The Trump Agenda
Nov 16, 2016 • 55 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Obamacare repeal, deportations, and the House Democrats leadership fight.
Trumpocalypse Now
Nov 9, 2016 • 53 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at the causes and consequences of Donald Trump’s shocking win.
The Massive Policy Stakes of 2016
Nov 4, 2016 • 50 min
You may not know it from watching cable news — but both Trump and Clinton have very clear and very different policy visions for America. Ezra, Matt, and Sarah dive into their plans to change the country in the last pre-election episode.
Is Obamacare Failing?
Oct 26, 2016 • 64 min
Ezra, Matt and Sarah go deep into what’s going wrong with Obamacare’s rising premiums — and take on a research paper that helps explain a lot about Gilmore Girls (really!)
Final Debate Special
Oct 20, 2016 • 55 min
Ezra, Sarah, and Matt rally after a late night to talk about the third and mercifully last presidential debate.
Second Presidential Debate Special
Oct 10, 2016 • 61 min
The morning after Clinton and Trump’s debate in St. Louis, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt head to the studio to talk about internal Republican divisions, Trump’s threat to throw Clinton in jail, and the surprising amount of policy the two candidates covered.
Veep Debate and Cranky Judges
Oct 5, 2016 • 52 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt debate Mike Pence’s puzzling performance at the vice presidential debate and highlight new research on the surprising link between college football and prison sentences.
The First Debate and Pet Health Care
Sep 29, 2016 • 66 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to take the policy content of the Trump-Clinton debate seriously and discuss important new research into out of control health care spending — on pets.
An Interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell
Sep 21, 2016 • 45 min
The Weeds’ Sarah Kliff heads to Capitol Hill to interview Secretary Burwell on all things health care. They talked about how to pay doctors to provide better care, the current state of the Obamacare marketplaces, and what she’s learned about management…
Best Census Ever, the Trump Foundation, and Class Discrimination
Sep 14, 2016 • 69 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt get deep into the weeds of the latest Census report on income and poverty, briefly consider Donald Trump’s ridiculous charity, and discuss new research into class-based employment discrimination.
Gender Wage Gap and the Mystery of State Legislatures
Sep 7, 2016 • 54 min
Reunited after many summer vacations, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt take a deep dive into Claudia Goldin’s theory of the gender pay gap and possible remedies. Plus hot new research that proves nobody cares about state government.
EpiPen Prices, the Clinton Foundation, and Lead Exposure
Aug 31, 2016 • 55 min
Why did EpiPen’s price skyrocket 400 percent over the past decade? Sarah and Matt dive into the complex world of American drug pricing to find out. Also on this episode: understanding why the Clinton Foundation gets so much scrutiny, and a white paper of…
Obamacare Update and Aging America
Aug 24, 2016 • 56 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are all together for a gloriously in-the-weeds discussion of the success and failure of the Affordable Care Act plus some hot new research with bad news for the future of economic growth.
Think Tanks, Transition, and What Drives Trumpkins
Aug 18, 2016 • 66 min
Ezra and Matt talk about conflicts of interest in think tank funding, Hillary Clinton’s transition team, and the biggest study yet of who supports Donald Trump and why.
Trump’s tax plan, democratic legitimacy, and the Freakonomics of decisionmaking
Aug 11, 2016 • 61 min
Ezra is joined by Dara Lind and Libby Nelson to talk about Donald Trump’s new tax plan — how it shows the difference between Trump and reform conservatives, between the Donald and Ivanka, between Democrats and Republicans, and the similarities between…
Interview with Atul Gawande
Aug 3, 2016 • 95 min
With Ezra and Matt on summer vacation, Sarah is left to her own devices — and decides to share a fantastic interview from the Ezra Klein Show with surgeon and writer Atul Gawande. Atul talks about the fascinating academic work he has in progress,…
DNC-Palooza
Jul 27, 2016 • 58 min
With Matt dispatched to Philadelphia, Sarah and Ezra are left to make sense of the Democratic National Convention. They discuss why it feels so different from the Republican National Convention last week, why it matters that a woman was just nominated for…
Republican Convention Special
Jul 22, 2016 • 54 min
Matt, Sarah, and Ezra take a deep dive into the many detailed policies proposals discussed at the RNC in Cleveland.
Basic Income and Police Shootings
Jul 15, 2016 • 58 min
Andy Stern joins Ezra, Sarah, and Matt to talk about his new book, Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream. Then, the regular cast considers new research on police use of force.
Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.
Jul 14, 2016 • 43 min
A special presentation from the Ezra Klein Show: My interview this week is with Hillary Clinton. You may have heard of her.I won’t bore you with Clinton’s bio. Instead, I want to say a few words about what this interview is, as it’s a bit different than…
Free College, Email Extravaganza, and the China Shock
Jul 8, 2016 • 60 min
Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about proposals to eliminate college tuition, the real issues behind Hillary’s email server, and a new paper on a small policy change with huge consequences.
Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing male workers
Jul 1, 2016 • 63 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the United Kingdom’s descent into political chaos, a big win for abortion rights at the high court, and a big labor market mystery.
Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health care jerk
Jun 25, 2016 • 65 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the alarming rise in deep poverty over the past 15 years, a fresh Supreme Court non-decision that imperils Obama’s immigration policy, and what to make of the slowing rate of growth of health care spending.
Guns, Brexit, and Free Condoms
Jun 17, 2016 • 57 min
Sarah and Matt discuss the nexus of terrorism and gun control, Britain’s upcoming referendum, and an unintended consequence of school condom giveaways.
5uper Tue5day
Jun 10, 2016 • 55 min
Hillary Clinton’s clinch of the Democratic nomination gives Sarah, Ezra, and Matt a chance to go deep on what we know about women in electoral politics.
Accountable Care Organizations, more Swedish administrative data, and the big city recovery
Jun 3, 2016 • 57 min
With Ezra in sunny California, Matt and Sarah gets weedsier than ever as she attempts to explain to Matt the mysteries of ACOs before they discuss a brewing controversy over economic journal citations.
Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primary, and fetal stress
May 27, 2016 • 68 min
Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primary, and fetal stress: Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at a specific case in America’s great productivity slowdown, assess Bernie Sanders’ complaints, and examine some exciting Swedish administrative data.
90s nostalgia, Obamacare lawsuits, and the truth about abortion
May 20, 2016 • 55 min
Ezra, Sarah, and Matt look back at whether Bill Clinton deserves credit for the booming economy of the 1990s, survey the ongoing legal challenges to Obamacare, and dissect new research revealing some surprising facts about abortion rates around the world.
Competition in Obamacare marketplaces and how low-income housing can boost poor neighborhoods
May 13, 2016 • 49 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about which companies are succeeding and failure in the Affordable Care Act’s new individual market and why, and delve deep into the weeds of some new research on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.
Trump is the Republican nominee. What happens next?
May 6, 2016 • 60 min
Trump is the last man standing in the Republican nominating contest — so Ezra, Matt, and Sarah spend this week’s entire episode taking stock of what that means. How did the rise of Trump happen? What does it mean for the Republican party? And how much…
Interview with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
May 2, 2016 • 47 min
Max Fisher sits down with Defense Secretary Ash Carter to talk about the modern international environment, why Carter thinks great power rivalry is making a comeback, and for some deep weedsy talk about nuclear weapons.
Land value taxes, soda taxes, and carbon taxes — oh my!
Apr 29, 2016 • 69 min
Every policy nerd has their favorite tax proposal — and today on the Weeds, Sarah, Matt, and Ezra talk about a few of theirs. What would happen if we abolished all taxes and replaced them with a land tax? Is it a good idea to tax sugary sodas? And how did…
Our undemocratic primaries, Obama’s new fiduciary rule, and the challenge of information polarization
Apr 22, 2016 • 64 min
With Sarah still on vacation Ezra and Matt ask what we want out of our presidential nominating system, explain a new regulatory initiative that could save the middle class billions, and look at some new research on media consumption and polarization.The…
Interview with Jason Furman
Apr 18, 2016 • 30 min
The Obama administration’s top economist talks to Vox’s Dylan Matthews about the challenges facing the American economy.
Why inequality matters, Trump’s delegate problem, and the geography of life expectancy
Apr 15, 2016 • 72 min
With Sarah on vacation, Matt and Ezra talk about the philosophical underpinnings of worries about inequality, take a look at Donald Trump’s difficulty grappling with the delegate selection process, and discuss a blockbuster new paper that reveals huge…
What the hell is going on with tax havens, explained
Apr 8, 2016 • 59 min
Ezra, Matt and Sarah use the Panama Papers to discuss how tax havens and shell corporations became such a big deal, and why America has done so little to stop them. Matt and Ezra argue a bit about the effectiveness of global governance. Economist Gabriel…
A medical struggle to digitize, a tax calculator, and a paper that explains Trump
Apr 1, 2016 • 78 min
It would be really weird to walk into a bank and have the teller take down your information on pen and paper. But it happens all the time in medicine — and we try to explain why. Also in this episode: a new tax calculator reveals how the candidates want…
Replacing No Child Left Behind, wonky March Madness, and Uber’s productivity
Mar 25, 2016 • 65 min
Special guest star Libby Nelson joins Sarah and Matt to explain the Every Student Succeeds Act, examine the strange history and economics behind the NCAA’s non-payment of athletes, and break down some new research on why Uber works. Today’s episode is…
Super(b) Tuesday special
Mar 16, 2016 • 51 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the results of the March 15 primaries and the state of the 2016 presidential election.Today’s episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/Weeds to stream Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved…
The productivity slowdown, TrumpCare, and better textbooks
Mar 11, 2016 • 84 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about why Silicon Valley’s technical marvels aren’t visible in economic statistics, dive into the details of Donald Trump’s surprisingly banal health plan, and tackle some new research on improving teaching by improving…
Super Tuesday/Exhausted Wednesday special!
Mar 2, 2016 • 83 min
In this episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt and Sarah discuss the results of Super Tuesday. Everyone is tired, so it gets a bit weird. Topics include whether Donald Trump is actually a moderate, how the election shows American politics is either polarizing…
TPP, the Nevada Caucus, and the Great Texas Abortion clinic shutdown.
Feb 26, 2016 • 69 min
By popular demand, Sarah, Matt, and Ezra finally address the Trans Pacific Partnership before contemplating the GOP’s ongoing self-immolation, and the real consequences of the war on Planned Parenthood.Today’s episode is brought to you by Harry’s razors.…
The Supreme Court vacancy and the possible collapse of American democracy
Feb 19, 2016 • 66 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the case for reforming America’s current practice of granting life tenure to Supreme Court Justices, discuss the political fight over replacing the late Justice Scalia, and ponder a 25 year-old work of political science that…
Could more corruption fix American politics?
Feb 12, 2016 • 72 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt use the New Hampshire primary results as a lens through which to discuss Jonathan Rauch’s case for “political realism” as a governing philosophy.This episode of The Weeds is brought to you by Squarespace. Start Building your website…
The Iowa Caucuses
Feb 2, 2016 • 73 min
Who wins the 2016 election will hugely influence what type of policies Washington passes — and that’s why Ezra, Sarah, and Matt devote this entire episode of The Weeds to dissecting the results of the Iowa caucus. We look at Bernie’s surprising success,…
Will taxing the rich hurt growth – and will third parties save politics?
Jan 29, 2016 • 84 min
It’s one of the most fundamental disputes in Washington: what effect do taxes have on the economy? On this week’s episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah work through some of the top papers to explain. Also on this episode: why a third party won’t…
Ross Douthat on campus conservatism, being thankful for Donald Trump, and how to write so liberals will read you
Jan 26, 2016 • 73 min
In this preview of Ezra’s coming interview podcast, he interviews New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat. Douthat is the author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class, Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class…
Campaign finance and global inequality — with lead poisoning in between
Jan 22, 2016 • 72 min
On this episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah dive into one of Bernie Sanders’ favorite campaign trail arguments: that money causes more Congressional dysfunction than partisanship. Also on this episode: why the lead poisoning crisis in Flint…
Obama’s Legacy, debating single payer, and Obamacare’s jobs impact
Jan 15, 2016 • 79 min
Matt, Sarah, and Ezra reflect on Obama’s successes and failures, take a look at Hillary Clinton’s new attack on Bernie Sanders, and consider some research on the new health law’s surprising lack of impact on the labor market.This episode is brought to you…
Immigration and the minimum wage — with an armed stand-off in between
Jan 8, 2016 • 77 min
America’s immigration debate is peppered with terms like “path to citizenship” and “amnesty.” Those catch phrases can mean vastly different things to different people — and on this week’s episode of the Weeds, Vox’s Dara Lind joins Sarah and Matt to…
Teen births are plummeting — and economists are judging your Christmas gifts
Dec 25, 2015 • 63 min
In a very merry Christmas day episode of the Weeds, Ezra and Matt talk to Sarah about how why teen birth rate fell in half since the mid-2000s — and whether MTV’s 16 and Pregnant might have anything to do with it. Also in this episode: an economic…
Gentrification, a budget deal, and the decline of floating voters
Dec 18, 2015 • 76 min
Matt, Sarah, and Ezra lay out what is and isn’t troubling about gentrification, break down congress’ latest fiscal deal, and discuss a paper that explores why swing voting has become rare.
Ezra interviews Ben Bernanke
Dec 15, 2015 • 40 min
In this special episode of The Weeds, Ezra interviews former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about what it’s like to manage the most powerful economic policymaking institution in the world during a financial crisis. They also talk about Bernanke’s…
Why health premiums rise, and how partisans discriminate
Dec 11, 2015 • 76 min
Ezra, Sarah, and Matt are reunited at last for a deep dive into why patients in and out of Obamacare are paying more for health insurance, the rising tide of Islamophobia in the presidential campaign, and a look at fascinating new research on the…
Dietary fat and climate change
Dec 4, 2015 • 57 min
Matt is joined by special guest stars Julia Belluz and Brad Plumer to discuss the science of eating fat, the Paris climate conference, and the public health implications of climate change. The Weeds is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your…
Childbirth, retirement, and terror in between
Nov 20, 2015 • 74 min
This week, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt discuss the flaws in the DC elite’s favorite idea: raising the retirement age, consider how to respond to terrorist attacks (with a bonus digression about 19th century anarchist assassins), and debate a striking new data…
We know how to eliminate poverty. So why don’t we?
Nov 13, 2015 • 66 min
On this week’s episode of the Weeds, fellow Vox editor Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt for what is certainly the most in-depth discussion of basic income ever broadcast. Would it really just work to give every American a base salary, regardless of…
How politics is making us stupid
Nov 6, 2015 • 68 min
Facts rarely seem to win any political debate — and on this episode of the Weeds, Matt, Ezra, and Sarah use political science research to explain why. Also: the case for softball debate questions and a troubling new study on rising death rates among…
Are we counting poverty all wrong?
Oct 30, 2015 • 73 min
This week, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt finally deliver the equivocal takes on gerrymandering that America has been waiting for, dive into the weeds of the big budget compromise, and tackle what may be the dorkiest policy issue of all time — the use of survey vs…
Want to fix inequality by taxing the rich? Good luck.
Oct 23, 2015 • 51 min
In this week’s episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah dive head first into a new Brookings white paper about income inequality (and how to not to fix it). We also imagine what a Joe Biden administration could have been, with a commander-in-chief who…
The Weeds: Can the government trick you into dieting?
Oct 16, 2015 • 81 min
On this week’s episode, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt debate a little known Obamacare program, learn all about Nordic economies, and take on a new white paper forcing health economists to rethink deductibles.
Arthur Brooks on think tanks, happiness, and management
Oct 15, 2015 • 54 min
In a special edition of The Weeds, Ezra interviews Arthur Brooks —head of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, a New York Times columnist, a major influence on Jeb Bush, and a surprisingly snappy dresser. Really.
Would single payer health care work in America?
Oct 9, 2015 • 63 min
In the second episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt debate whether nationalized health care could work in America, what solutions are really needed to solve the country’s mass shooting issue — and introduce an exciting new, regular segment: white…
Ezra, Matt and Sarah Try to Podcast
Oct 2, 2015 • 55 min
In this first episode of the new Vox.com podcast the weeds, Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias look at why Hillary Clinton is trying to gut a major part of Obamacare, how Donald Trump’s tax plan made Matt sad, and whether American politics is…
Vox’s The Weeds Promo
Sep 22, 2015 • 0 min
Coming soon from Vox and Panoply